She Is My Best Girl Now



Letter dated 4 April 1912 from Fred Godfrey assigning the rights to She Is My Best Girl Now (and several other songs) to Billy Williams,
who would not record the song until nearly
a year later. At £20 for 11 songs, Fred didn’t
profit much from his songwriting talents.

Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams, 1912 — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1913.

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One of the very few songs that Billy Williams gets through without resorting to his trademark laughing. “She” turns out to be “dear old Mother.”

Columbia 2227-ARegal G6650-BHMV-Victor 120710-A



Billy Williams recorded three versions of this song: 25 March 1913 for Zonophone, ca. March-April 1913 for Columbia-Rena, and ca. June 1913 for Homophon. Reissues appeared on several other labels.1



1  For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK:
    Gramophone, 1979); and Frank Andrews and Ernie Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records: A Study in Discography (Bournemouth, UK:
    Talking Machine Review, 1982).